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The Shetland Pony originated on the cluster of Scottish islands located off the East coast of Norway, known as the Shetland Isles. These hardy, sturdy ponies roamed the hills and moors of Shetland as early as the 8th or 9th centuries. The ponies were first introduced to the United States in the 1800s and have since been selectively bred for refinement resulting in a sturdy but elegant show pony. Today there are two distinct types of Shetland Pony recognized by the breed’s registry here in the United States. Division A Shetland Ponies— otherwise known as the Classic Shetland Pony— have retained the original sturdy rugged breed characteristics of their Shetland Isle ancestors.

Out-crossing Classic Shetlands with registered Hackneys or registered Welsh ponies has resulted in a lighter, more elegant and animated show pony well-suited to the driving and harness classes offered in today’s show ring. This type— known as the Modern Shetland Pony— must still retain at least 50% Shetland blood and represents Division B of the registry. All Shetlands, whether Division A or B, average approximately 9.3 hands (or 39 inches), but must never exceed 11.2 hands (or 46 inches) in height, and they can be found in any color. Shetland Ponies are well-suited to the performance demands of pony hunters, carriage driving, modern fine harness, and roadster driving.

Contact

Nicole Zerbee
[email protected]
859-225-6952

American Shetland Pony Club

Recognized National Affiliate Association

The American Shetland Pony Club was established in 1888 to govern the burgeoning interest in Shetlands in the U.S. Founders wanted to establish the purity of the stock and to maintain a reliable record of pedigrees and transfers for the American Shetland Pony. Today, the ASPC, Inc., is the oldest small equine registry in existence and one of the oldest equine governing bodies in the United States.

You can visit the American Shetland Pony Club at their website:  shetlandminiature.com

Forms and Publications

Shetland Showmanship Patterns

View showmanship patterns for the Shetland division.

Shetland USEF Lite Information

USEF has added an additional License called USEF Lite. This new structure was created to provide another avenue for competitions to be licensed with US Equestrian while experiencing a modified application of some of the rules. If you have further questions feel free to contact Nicole Zerbee at [email protected] or 859-225-6952.

USEF Lite Application

Application to host a USEF Lite licensed competition